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Patty Crane: Thrilling romance driven by characters
The Midnight Sun Extreme Freeride Competition is being held in Yancy, Alaska. Snowboarders and skiers are everywhere, and for the McKenna siblings, it means their brother Reef is back. It is a rare chance to see the young brother who left home at 18 to ski the circuit.
Ryan Richardson: Newton County group seeks forever homes
When anyone asks me where to get a pet, I always tell them that any path that goes to adoption is the best way possible.
Song sharing: Crowder Jazz Orchestra makes monthly rehearsals public by inviting listeners
Todd Hastings can play many things on trumpet, from an emotional elegy to a majestic march. The professor of music at Pittsburg State University has a long resume of performances and clinics he's conducted.
Linda Cannon: Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan studies how to improve schools
Having lived through 12 years of public school, I remain ever hopeful that someone will figure out a better way to educate the next generation. Don't get me wrong: I had lots of talented, caring teachers (along with a few real clunkers, sadly), but even the best teachers have a difficult task trying to provide a quality education for all their students.
Frankie Meyer: History, neighbors provide clues when research hits a wall
Genealogists sometimes encounter a brick wall in research. A person or family seems to disappear from records or suddenly appear in records: Where did they go, or where did they come from?
Clydesdales more than mascot for Missouri
One of the most identifiable features of the Budweiser brand has been the Clydesdale horses the company uses in advertising and day-to day operations.
History takes spotlight in former teacher's retirement
No transformation into mountain man John Colter would be complete for Chuck Parker without the animal pelts.
Frankie Meyer: Museum has resources about coal mining efforts
If your ancestors lived in Southeast Kansas in the late 1800s or early 1900s, their lives were connected in many ways with the coal mines that dotted the land and provided employment for thousands of people, many of whom were immigrants from other countries.
Ryan Richardson: Annual address leads to animal-related action
I am guilty of micromanaging things in my life on so many levels. I worry, I evaluate, I worry some more and then I overanalyze things before taking action. It really is the worst kind of trait to have when you don't apply it to all parts of your life.
Literary fellowship: Tolkien's trilogy inspires thesis, class, lifelong passion
Dale Simpson calls J.R.R. Tolkien's sprawling fantasy classic an unbridled passion of his. But during the 1960s, when millions of paperback copies of "The Lord of the Rings" were being consumed by an entire generation of enthusiastic readers, Simpson would have nothing to do with it.
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